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time for "end point." mr. martin? >> i asked chris did he watch "chelsea lately." he goes i don't watch cable. dude you're on a cable network now. >> your defense? >> as soon as i get a cable contract i'll be able to afford cable. >> but you're on cable right now! >> he might be ahead of the times, you can buy it alacarte
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in the future. this cable thing you'll get to see cnn because you like cnn. >> you all two stop it, we're trying to get paid, this is a cable network. >> future. >> 30 seconds. >> it's truck day in baseball. baseball teams loading up for spring training heading down to florida and arizona, annual raising for hope. ladies and gentlemen you can believe in america once again. >> seriously, john? >> boston red sox, go! >> my goodness. >> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. carol, good morning. happening now in "the newsroom," safe and sound. >> he's been through a lot. he's endured a lot. >> reporter: relief and hope this morning as 5-year-old ethan is recovering after being held hostage in an underground bunker. >> by the grace of god, he's okay. >> reporter: this hour, find out how the boy was saved from storming the bunker to reports of secret cameras, even the u.s. military was involved.
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all right, we've lost lights. >> all right, we're going to a manual override. >> reporter: new reports the last-minute electrical upgrades caused that power outage during the super bowl. today we're on the ground pressing the city and the power company to tell us what happened. >> yeah, super bowl power outage during the middle of the super bowl in louisiana. don't worry, fema said they will be there no later than thursday. no later than -- >> reporter: trapped in a four-alarm fire, five firefighters barely escaping the blaze. the amazing story from baltimore this morning. and scout's honor, the boy scouts, more than 3 million strong considering dropping its ban on gay members. >> after decades of being out of the closet, the boy scouts of america forced me back into the closet with its don't ask don't tell policy. >> reporter: the fight going nationwide, the cause on the scout's doorstep this morning, petitions for more than 1 million of them signed asking the ban be dropped. >> scouting was a real refuge
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for me. it was a place where i didn't have to deal with my sexuality and i felt accepted regardless. >> reporter: ahead the motto and the movement. "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. this morning, little ethan is waking up safe and sound. this is the alabama boy being whisked into a hospital to be checked out after a violent end to his six-day ordeal, but questions, so many questions remain over his rescue from that underground bunker and the armed killer who dragged him there. how did hostage taker jimmy lee dykes die in the raid? how did authorities see dykes holding a weapon, a key development deciding to act immediately and what was the explosion at the time of the raid? was it tactical or did dykes plant explosives around the bunker as some neighbors feared? but for the moment at least a small town community is celebrating the boy who has been
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at the center of their prayers is unharmed and in good spirits. >> it's a relief for us to be able to reunite a mother with her child. >> reporter: sheriff wally olson speaking after the 5-year-old we've come to know as ethan was rescued from his six-day nightmare. >> he's a very special child. he's been through a lot. he's endured a lot and it's by the grace of god that he's okay. >> reporter: it happened monday afternoon, negotiations broke down and authorities thought that jimmy lee dykes who kidnapped ethan and held him underground for a week had a gun. they stormed the bunker. >> i heard a big boom and then i heard i believe i heard rifle shots. >> reporter: and give us a sense how loud of a boom? very loud? >> oh, yeah, literally made me jump off the ground and scared me that much. >> reporter: dykes was dead.
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eth ethan, he was okay and taken to a local hospital. >> our prayers are answered. >> reporter: alabama state senator harry anne smith was with ethan's mother after she got the news. >> she hugged me and thanked me. lots of smiles, i'm sure lots of hugs and lots of kisses going on right now. >> reporter: tarika singletary was on the bus last tuesday when jimmy lee dykes shot and killed the bus driver and kidnapped ethan. >> i was praying to god ethan was okay. i thought that horrible man, what he did to mr. pollin, i thought he was going to hurt ethan. now he's safe i'm happy and relieved. >> relief indeed. victor blackwell is in alabama. you have some information on how authorities were able to see into that underground bunker. how did they get a camera inside there or did they? >> reporter: carol, some
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information, because this picture is still coming together but i can tell you, there was a u.s. military presence here during this operation, both in personnel and also through technology. the technology gave them the ability to "see" whaft was goin on. we're told there was high-tech detection device that was used here, typically used in war zones to find homemade bombs. the questions about cameras, the questions about other elements that were used inside this bunker or around it to find out what was inside, those questions have not yet been answered by the fbi or maybe they will not be answered, but i can tell you this, the fbi knows that leading up to this operation into the raid that jimmy lee dykes had a gun, so in some way they could either see that shape or see the actual gun itself, hopefully we'll get those answers. >> why all the secrecy, though? it's difficult to understand why
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authorities aren't coming out and saying exactly how this went down. >> reporter: yeah, all they're telling us is that it ended with him being fatally shot. i can tell you that the shooting review board from d.c. is on its way to midland city to complete that investigation. that has some information that hopefully we'll get soon. i reached out to the fbi contact this morning i've been speaking with during this and i said when are we going to get these answers? he said some of it will take some time because there's work going on. we know there's a bomb technician, a group of technicians here on site to see if there were bombs in this bunker. we just saw a group of people head up the hill to the property. they have to finish their work. we also know that there will be some things we never find out because they want to protect them for the next time they have to save a child that's been abducted or someone held hostage in this type of situation. >> victor blackwell, reporting live from alabama this morning. let's turn now to politics and a defiant senator robert
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menendez who is finally speaking out on claims he partied with prostitutes while visiting the dominican republic, those accusations were made by an online conservative publication. menendez slammed that publication and in an exclusive tv interview with chief congressional correspondent dana bash. >> reporter: can you just answer the allegation that has been out there? that you were with prostitutes, sir? >> the smears that right wing blogs have been pushing since the election, and that is totally unsubstantiated. it's amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a website can drive that type of story into the mainstream. but that's what they've done successfully. now nobody can find them, no one met them, no one ever talked to them but that's where we're at. the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false and you know that's the bottom line. >> one of the women accused says
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she never even met menendez and never worked as a prostitute. cnn has not been able to verify her story but menendez's troubles don't end there. he faces accusations of improper travel with a donor whose plane he took to the dominican republic. those trips taken in 2010, but menendez only paid for the flights, valued into the thousands of dollars last month. >> reporter: senator, if you could explain why it took so long to pay back almost $60,000 in flights that you took with your friend? >> well, i was in a big travel schedule in 2010, i was the chair of the dscc plus my own campaign getting ready for a re-election cycle and in the process of all of that, it unfortunately fell through the cracks that our processes didn't catch moving forward and making sure that we paid. when it came to my attention that payment had not taken place i personally paid for them in order to meet my obligations. >> those claims were made by a non-partisan watchdog group
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which says it received a tip via e-mail. an aide calls the tipsters accusations "garbage." menendez is also one of the eight senators behind a bipartisan push for immigration reform. today their colleagues in the house judiciary committee will hold a hearing on the immigration issue, the first chamber in the current congress to do so. joining me now is republican congressman trey gowdy of south carolina, chairman of the immigration and border security. welcome congressman. >> good morning, how are you? >> i'm good. you said in 1986 americans thought the immigration issue was settled "in the minds of many the country got the amnesty but still waiting on the employment verification." some people say it's a red herring the issue of border security and by that i mean really you're against granting amnesty, let's say, for people
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here in this country illegally. >> well, i certainly don't think it's a red herring. if you want to have the last, last conversation that we're going to have in this country about "comprehensive immigration reform" how could you possibly have that conversation if you don't have some modicum of border security and employment verification and that quote was not directed to the ohe bamaeba administration, it's directed toward anyone, republican or democrat who think there's an appetite to continue to litigate this issue every 8, 10, 15 years. i represent a conservative district and i approached this issue with them last week. would you be open to a path to legal status, whether that be citizenship or something else and i was shocked, meeting with some of the most conservative folks in my district. if you can gisecure the border, give us employment verification, we don't have to go through the
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conversation again, that wasn't a dig at the obama administration. that was a dig at anyone who thinks we can continue to litigate this issue every quarter century and be okay as a republic. >> on the subject of border security the obama administration has record deportations, nearly 400,000 in 2011. one study shows the u.s. spends $18 billion every year on immigration enforcement, more than all other federal agencies combined. what more can be done? >> well i'll give you two instances, cocaine, a kilo of cocaine today is cheaper than it was when i was a federal prosecutor so we're not doing a terribly good job keeping the drugs out and 2,000 ak-47s went to arm the mexican drug cartel. i realize you cannot her m hermedically seal the border. we have two borders so i'm
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talking about both of them, but from a national security standpoint, a law enforcement standpoint, from a sovereignty standpoint i don't think it's asking so much we know who is coming into our country. it's not fair to people who are following the legal process to have an unlawful process so it's national nativeism, it's not xenophobia. we want to know what is coming into our country. janet napolitano has given the same statistics. to be honest with you, the fact our economy is not doing well has as much to do with the downturn in illegal crossings as anything else. if she can explain how we missed 2,000 ak-47s going into mexico i'll be a little more open to hearing her argument for having operational control of the border. >> congressman trey gowdy of south carolina, thank you so much for being with us this morning. >> yes, ma'am, thank you. we're learning new information about what may have led to the 34-minute long super
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bowl blackout. "the new orleans times-picayune" refers to an electrical upgrade back in december may be to blame. intergy disputes that and says there were no power dispute issues during the three events before the super bowl. the new orleans council utility committee will meet friday to further investigate that blackout. super bowl mvp joe flacco getting his own parade at disney world. starting next hour he'll share the spot lot with his nfl teammates. fans are grabbing prime spots to watch the parade due to take place later in baltimore, two hours from now. cnn's rene marsh is already there as i'm sure are many fans. hi, rene. [ muted ]. >> well, i would lip sync but
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i'm not -- i'm not going to do it, but you can see all the people in downtown baltimore waiting for the parade to begin. we'll get back to baltimore after a breaking and entering when we get our audio problems fixed. an asteroid is hurdling toward earth at a mind boggling speed and only going to pick up speed. we'll tell you how fast and when you might be able to see it. first meteorologist end rah petersons has a check on heavy snow hitting the midwest. >> it definitely fields like winter in ohio. take a look at the storm totals, ashtabula, 16 inches of snow, a foot in chagrin falls and low after low is continuing to push out of canada across the great lakes into the northeast, today not going to be exceptional. looks like the seventh day of consecutive snow across wisconsin, that's going to tie the record from 1930 and 2004. we'll be right back.
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127 minutes past the hour. we have new information about the marine veteran accused of killing two other veterans in texas, one a former military sniper. police say this man, eddie ray ralph told them in september he was suffering post traumatic stress disorder and was hurting and that his family didn't understand what he was going through. he was then placed in protective custody for mental evaluation. today ralph is in a texas jail facing murder charges. five baltimore firefighters recovering this morning, they narrowly escaped serious injury while battling a four-alarm fire at a lumber company. officials say the firefighters had been ordered to evacuate when two floors of the building collapsed. no word on what caused this fire. officials at the boy scouts of america headquarters in dallas, texas, have a lot of reading to do today. group of scouts and leaders delivered more than 1 million petitions, hoping the organization will vote sometime this week to end its national policy banning gays. nasa says an asteroid is
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hurdling toward earth but no need to worry. asteroid 2012da14 is not going to strike our beautiful planet february 15th. it will streak by it but it will be tugging on earth's gravitational field and that will cause it to speed up. stargazers in eastern europe, asia and australia may be able to catch a glimpse of the rocky mass goes by but probably no one here in the united states. boeing hopes 787 dreamliners may soon be in the air again. the company asking the faa to allow test flights while investigators figure out the source of the jetliner's battery problems. all 50 planes have been grounded. don't let the sticker price scare you away, the basis for a new survey as some of the most prestigious universities in the nation, it says when it comes to getting the most for your money, ivy league schools are a good way to go. come on, alison kosik. >> surprise.
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the trick is, carol, you got to do a little digging to see what the options are. it sounds like you're like me, you hear yale and assume that's out of your price range but what "princeton review" discovered some of the best value schools were at the ivy league schools. it found these graduates at the schools wind up finishing with student loan debt below the national average and surprise, yes, yale is in the top ten so you're thinking how's that possible? well, students at these schools they get their costs down and for some it's as aeasy as applying for grants in addition to the usual student aid and many students can get thousands of dollars in grants and these grants don't have to be paid back. if you want to find grants google "college grants" and you'll get countless options to apply for. it can make a huge difference. attendance costs for freshmen at public schools on the list is about $10,000 when you factor in those grants and aid compared to the 19,000 initial sticker price. colleges often include textbook
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prices in their tuition costs and that can scare people away but nowadays many students at these colleges are finding cheaper options online or using ebooks when it comes to those crazy prices for those textbooks. carol? >> okay so what other schools are on the list? >> so what "princeton review" did was separated the best value schools by public and private. public included university of virginia, uv led the list followed by the university of north carolina, the new college of florida, william and mary and ucla. as for the private schools, swarthmore topped the list, followed by harvard, williams, princeton and pomona in california. who knew, harvard? see you need to be smart enough to go. >> exactly and creative and all that kind of stuff. >> yes. >> alison kosik thanks so much. our talk back question today could be an historic decision in texas tomorrow, should the boy scouts lift its ban on gay scout
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>> now the question for you this morning, should the boy scouts of america lift its ban on gays? the boy scout oath on my honor i will do my best to do my duty to god and my country and to obey the scout law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally away and morally straight, duty to god, morally straight. easy to understand, right? well maybe it was in 1910 when the boy scouts was founded but i'm willing to bet duty to god and morally straight are more complicated in 2013. gay adults, gay children didn't dare reveal themselves a century or even a generation ago. they feared ridicule or worse. now the boy scouts of america is deciding whether to lift the ban
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on gay scout leaders and gay scouts. >> after decades of being out of the closet, the boy scouts of america forced me back into the closet with its don't ask don't tell policy. i go to church every sunday, lord knows we're philanthropic. i don't know what they want from us. >> the former scout master delivered 1.4 million signatures to the boy scouts of america urging it to lift the ban. despite this, support will be difficult. the boy scouts are backed by churches and other religious organizations who fear gays especially gay adults are not morally straight but dangerous and parents should be worried. >> they have a right to protect their children just from being exposed to the topic prematurely and they have a right to protect their children from the potential risk of child sexual
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abuse at the hands of a man who might be attracted to other males. >> it is important to note according to the american psychological association, gays aren't any more likely to molest kids than straight men, and like it or not, children are exposed to gay people. ever watch "modern family" or "ellen" or hear nfl players speak out for same-sex marriage? the world is changing and the question will the boy scouts change with it? talk back question, should the boy scouts of america lift its ban on gays? facebook.com/carolcnn, facebook.com/carolcnn or you can tweet me @carolcnn. for over 75 years people ...with geico... ohhh...sorry!. director's voice: here we go. from the top. and action for over 75 years people have saved money with gecko so....
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investors are watching corporate earning reports that continue to weigh on the market. ringing the opening bell, the head of blackrock's global financial institution's david loumis. the first federal action to call for accountability in the housing crisis and recession. the department of justice will sue the ratings agency standard & poor's. the civil lawsuit focuses on its ratings of mortgage-related investments leading up to the financial crisis. s&p calls the potential lawsuit entirely without factual or legal merit. george zimmerman back in an orlando courtroom, his attorneys arguing over the release of evidence, according to "the orlando sentinel." zimmerman faces second-degree murder charges for the shooting of trayvon martin, the unarmed florida teenage was shot and killed nearly a years ago now. he would have been 18 years old today. republicans are struggling to redefine their message. in just a few minutes our chief congressional correspondent dana bash will tell us how tea
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party-backed house minority leader eric cantor plans to do that. first a look at new jersey governor christine romanls chri republican masterminding the republican message because let's face it, he has a sense of humor. long ridiculed by david letterman, we'll start with that. >> number two, no time to get in shape while governing new jersey. >> societal, the richest positions. >> and the number one -- >> okay, that's an example of how he's been ridiculed by david letterman. christie pulled a christie on dave last night. >> welcome to the show. >> i'm thrilled to be here. now you, how do you feel about me? >> i love you, dave. no, a love that i have a difficult time really explaining. a deep and abiding love. >> well, now, now we have a real problem.
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but i made jokes about you, not just one or two, not just ongoing here and there, intermittent, but -- >> i didn't know it was going to be this long. >> now wait a minute! >> that's funny. okay, now back to eric cantor, the powerful house republican who is trying to massage the republican message. dana bash joins us live from capitol hill. i bring up chris christie because he is sort of starting to redefine the republican message in his own way and maybe i thought eric cantor would take a page from the chris christie playbook. >> well, there were no danish,
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no doughnuts at our interview this morning but he is trying to redefine the message for sure, and that's what he's going to talk about in an interview later at a speech later today. as we speak, carol, he is talking about his new message idea to rank and file republicans, but the gist of it is, he's saying that he understands the election results that most groups, key demographic groups went for the democrats, not for republicans, and so he's trying to make the republican message more accessible to everyday average americans, and so we talked a lot about the fact that he is a father, that he's a family person, and that others in his caucus are as well, but of course one of the main issues in front of this congress is guns, and of course there are a lot of parents out there who are worried about gun violence in their schools so i asked about that and about whether or not he as a republican could sign on to even background checks,
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strengthening background checks as part of gun control. listen to the exchange. >> virginia actually is leading in terms of trying to get that information into the database. >> you think it should be a state issue not a federal issue? >> no, i think we can take a lot of lessons from what virginia did and put it in place at the federal level because there's a lot of states that are not doing what virginia is doing to try and beef up the database for the background checks to make sure that we actually can do something that does have a chance at reducing the likelihood and hopefully eliminating that from happening again. >> reporter: sounds like you are in favor of beefing up background checks on a federal level? >> i am for making sure that we increase the quality of information in the database that is in existence already. >> reporter: you heard there he was very careful with his words, but just the fact that he talked about increasing the quality of the federal background check system is interesting, because you know, the nra seems to have
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shifted its position on background checks and some of the most staunch supporters of gun rights even say they don't want to go there, but he, somebody who clearly entertaining the idea of doing that, because of course, we know we've been reporting that when it comes to gun control that is maybe the most likely to pass, maybe the only thing that is likely to pass the house and the senate. >> chief congressional correspondent dana bash, a lot more of your interview will air later on in "the newsroom." thanks so much. okay, this news just in to cnn, dell computer sold for $24 billion to adele. weird. alison kosik is here to explain. >> we learned dell reached a deal to be taken private in this more than $24 billion buyout deal, what it involves is the private equity firm silver lake
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partners, microsoft and a company founder michael dell. if this is successful it would be one of the biggest leveraged buyouts in history and one of the biggest since the recession and for michael dell, it's really been an interesting road for him getting here. like all good tech success stories it started in a college dorm room, in this case at the university of texas at austin where michael dell would build computers and sell them directly to his classmates. now the man behind dell is ranked as ""forbes" 41st richest man in the world with a net worth of over $15 billion. how did a man who never graduated from college in the end come to lead one of the world's premiere pc companies? >> the idea was to sell computers directly to the end user without the markup of the dealer, have a lower level of inventory and higher level of service. >> reporter: as a teenager dell sold newspaper subscriptions. he used datamining to target
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customers and found success selling to new homeowners and young couples. but it was in that university of texas dorm room a few years later where dell formulated his business model, cut out the middleman and sell directly to consumers and businesses. >> there are about 1.5 billion pcs in the world. if you go out in the real world and look at how business is done, how people get productive work done, you see a lot of pcs. >> reporter: when dell computer went public in 1988, michael dell was just 23 years old. five years younger than facebook founder mark zuckerberg when his company hit the market. the pc maker came to be known for its catchy, dude, you've got a dell, commercials. >> dude, you're getting a dell. >> reporter: today dell employs more than 100,000 employees with a market cap of $23 billion, that sounds impressive but that's way down from dell's peak market value of $100 billion in 2000. so now it's time for one more
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unconventional move. michael dell is taking his company private after 25 years of publicly trading on the nasdaq exchange. leveraged buyout would cement michael dell's hold on his company, but also free it from public scrutiny at a time when it's competing in a landscape packed with tablets and smartphones. it's not clear it will work. critics say michael dell isn't much of an innovator so he'll never turn dell into an apple or samsung. dell still relies on hardware sales, pc, servers and the like for more than half of its revenue. public or private that makes dell behind the curve in today's tech market. and it's not a done deal yet, carol. shareholders need to give their approval for it. right now shares have been halted for trading on this news. carol? >> interesting, alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. music's biggest night just days away. who is teaming up with bruno mars? i know you're dying to know
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and rihanna will all be performing together. we don't know exactly what they will be singing just yet but these three are so great individually i personal a can't wait to see what they will be doing together. rihanna has been in a bunch of celebrity matchups. she performed with coldplay the last few years. some of the other big names, black keys, taylor swift, justin timberlake and frank goshen and elton john with nominee ed shirren. i'll speak with him on "showbiz tonight" just to see how excited he is about that and kelly clarkson performing on sunday night reinaugurated with beyonce, back stage they'll probably run into each other. beyonce is not going to be performing, carol, she'll be presenting along with jennifer lopez and prince. quite frankly i think she deserves a weekend off after performing at the super bowl. >> maybe so. i thought for a moment you were going to say chris brown was
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going to perform with rihanna. that would have been something. >> that was something that was actually running around, and we have to now go back and confirm whether or not that's going to happen but that was breaking some news just last week. >> interesting. >> you never know what the grammy awards, always a good show on cbs from the staples center in los angeles sunday. >> a.j., thank you. a.j. will be back with us next hour for more showbiz headlines. he has details on a new app that will allow to you see the new "star trek" movie two days before it hits the theaters. you might have to cut back on driving but chances are gas prices still took a bigger portion of your paycheck in 2012. is i'm serious, we compare our direct rates side by side
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47 minutes past the hour. here are some of the top stories. 5-year-old alabama boy in good spiri spiri spirits reuniting with his family. the fbi managed to rescue ethan. his kidnaper jimmy lee dykes died during that raid. we're expecting more testimony from an arizona woman who admitted in court to killing her ex-boyfriend in 2008. jodi arias stabbed travis al sappeder 29 times, shot him in the face and slit his throat. she claims she acted in self-defense and also says she planned to commit suicide after his death. >> i was very confident that no jury would convict me because i planned to be dead. probably the most bitter words i'll ever eat.
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>> arias faces a possible death sentence if convicted. the fcc holding the first of several field hearings today. it will focus on the impact of superstorm sandy and focus on how to keep communication systems up and running during times of crisis and natural disasters. king richard iii's newly discovered skull has been used to recreate this 3-d model of his face. this comparison image you can see the bust on the right is pretty darned similar to the painted portrait on the left. it's amazing how that happens, isn't it? dna tests confirm that human remains found under a parking lot in britain are those of the king! i am bea to tell you something you've probably already felt in your wallet, now it's official, the energy department says the average u.s. household spent almost $3,000 on gas last year, that's the highest level in four years. talkback question today,
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talkback question today should the boy scouts of america lift its ban on gays, this from sherry, yes, my son wasn't allowed to be in the scouts because of their bigotry. this from ellis a it would be nice if they made that decision
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but as a private organization they should make that on their own not based on what the government or media wants. this from frank, the attitude that gays are going to destroy moral fabric is sad. the diversity will make the scouts stronger. this from paula, no, not with our children. start your own gay scouts. this from chad, doesn't anyone understand that homosexuals are people, too, does everyone think gay people are meant to go into every single group of people on earth just to cause chaos? and this from alissa, i love ow people bring up the bible for their reasons of bigotry and blind hatred, they have forgot earn about the catholic priests who molest hundreds of children. lift the ban already. please continue the conservation, it's a heated one on facebook, facebook.com/carol cnn or tweet me @carol cnn. >> jacoby jones kickoff return for a touchdown was a huge moment for the ravens and of course for the people who bought furniture at one baltimore store.
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the game might be over, but not the partying, the city of baltimore has big plans for their super bowl winning team today. bleacher report vince cellini joins us with details of the ravens victory tour. >> it just continues. it goes on and on. carol, it's not an official holiday inn baltimore but feels that way. as some kids are going to be taken out of school, local businesses will close up for the
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big parade that will be taking place in downtown baltimore, to welcome home the ravens. yes, it all started with sunday's win, continued on monday as the team returned home. and an eager crowd awaited them. celebrating the city's first football championship in 12 years. and the party continues downtown procession starts at 10:45 a.m. in front of city hall. back in 2001, last time they did this, 200,000 people plus showed up. maybe they will top that this year. meanwhile ravens quarterback joe flacco will make it back to back parades, the first took place monday at disneyworld, the game mvp carrying on a tradition that started back in 1987, the giants quarterback phil simms, baltimore will be slightly chillier than central florida. temps expected in the low 40s under cloudy skies. gardeners furniture, a chain in baltimore told customers who bought items between january 31st and 3:00 p.m. day of the game sunday those items would be
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free if the ravens returned a kickoff for a touchdown to open the game or open the third quarter. sure enough, jacoby jones did that starting the second half with a kickoff return for a score. as a result they will give away $600,000 in furnishings, fortunately, they have an insurance policy to cover them. the policy was $12,000. the publicity is priceless. finally this, reigning nba, mvp out doing himself. monday in a win, 31 points, but more impressive 13 of 14 shooting from the field. a career best, 92.9%. it marked the league's best shooting performance with at least that many attempts in a game in 18 years. and it helped that lebron got a lot of looks close to the basket against the league's worst team, the charlotte bobcats. don't forget to check out a complete break down of lebron's big night on bleacher report.com as well as the rest of your sports news. in baltimore, yes, party on. enjoy your champions maybe
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tomorrow as well. i don't know. >> i want a prediction from you. so joe flacco, as they call him in baltimore, his contract is up. how much money do you think he will get from the ravens? >> that's hard to say. i know they will lock him up for a long long time. when you win a super bowl and you are the mvp you are good to go. the timing was perfect for joe flacco. >> i guess they can't dishim any longer. >> he has performed well in playoff situations, and it culminated with this championship. to people out there criticizing him, i got a ring. take that. >> that's right. take that. you go, joe flacco. the next hour cnn newsroom starts right now. stories we are watching, a child plucked from a school bus at gun point, his ordeal now over. the new challenge dealing with the lingering trauma, we will talk to someone who endured a chillingly similar kidnapping a
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generation ago. >> it brings back all of the memories. >> searching for normalcy, when your plaintiff is turned upside down. a childhood victim of a similar siege describes decades of healing. reinventing the republicans, house majority leader eric cantor talks about broadening his party's appeal. an asteroid half the size of a football field barrelling toward earth, but nasa promises, it won't hit us. but they are telling us we may get a glimpse of it. we will tell you when. it's the most coveted trophy in the nfl, so how did the super bowl champion ravens lose track of the lombardi trophy? newsroom starts now. good morning. thank you for being with us i'm carol costello, this morning ethan is waking up safe and sound. he's the alabama boy being whisked into the hospital to be checked out. that's the picture you are
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looking at after a violent end to his ordeal. today ethan is described as happy, laughing, playing. sources say the kidnapper's mental state seemed to be unraveling, when they believed ethan was in imminent danger an fbi team scrambled to launch the raid. >> i heard a big boom. and then i heard -- i believe i heard rifle shots. >> and give us a sense, how loud of a boom? very loud? >> oh, yes. literally made me jump off the ground. it scared me that much. >> 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes was killed in the raid. witnesses say dikes killed ethan's school bus driver when he tried to get in between the gunman and the kids. swat teams blanket the air and ground in our next guest stakes out a different territory. the criminal's mind. a criminologist and former behavioral scientist for the fbi joins us live from fredericksburg, virginia. good morning, greg. >> good morning, carol. >> so were you watching this
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hostage drama unfold? if you were, what went through your mind as an expert in the field? >> well, i think two things. one, i was a swat team member for nine years and a team leader for a number of those years, i have an idea from that perspective as well as the behavioral science perspective. what goes on in those situations, and this was an unusually dangerous one, because it was preceded by a murder. most situations aren't preceded by a murder, it's just a hostage thing. but that increased the level of risk with the murder having already occurred. then what happens, they took their time, which is the right thing to do, nor eight, try to calm him down, take his psychological temperature, feel what's going on. obviously it deteriorated. he began to mentally decompensate in some way, where the risk to the hostage or the child rose to such a level, it was decided that the a tactical
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resolution was called for. >> let's talk about that for a second. because police, sheriff's deputies, the fbi being secretive how this went down. supposedly they had some sort of camera in the bunker. they could sort of witness what was going on inside there. how might they have accomplished that? >> again, those techniques i think are things that the bureau wants to hold back, so that we don't inadvertently educate other would be hostage takers or terrorists. it's fair to say the camera did get in there. that allowed them to gather the intelligence they needed. and probably determine the exacts moment when it would be safest to detonate that diversionary device, breech the door, make the entry and so forth. it wasn't just a guess. i think it was well planned. there has been reports that the hrt, the hostage rescue team built a mock bunker based on how they knew about the layout to
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practice the rescue and so forth. i think that's probably what occurred. >> jimmy lee dykes, the suspect in this case, who is now dead, is a survivalist with anti-government sentiment. anti-government sentiment in this country is at an all time high. will we see more of this kind of thing? >> well, it's hard to say. unfortunately, situations like this sometimes result in copy cat events. people who are unstable, who are on the edge, look at a situation like this and think it's a good thing to do. hopefully, they will look at this and see this didn't turn out well for mr. dikes. and hopefully we won't have a repeat of this or anything like this. it's always a concern when we have a high publicized event that is kind of sensational. sometimes we have unstable people who try to copy that. >> sadly true. greg mccareery thank you. we appreciate it. >> you are welcome. >> this hostage situation in
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alabama brought back memories of a similar story almost 40 years ago, 26 children and their school bus driver were kidnapped in southern california, they were forced into a van, that was then buried in dirt. but they managed to escape 16 hours later. cnn's miguel marquez. >> we are in the bus that these 26 kids and that bus driver were taken hostage in 36 years ago in 1976. this bus has become an artifact in the chinchilla area. this is an amazing place. it's a museum, the bright nursery here is basically a collection of not only this bus, but the history of this area. this is the bus you were in in 1976, when you and your friends were kidnapped. >> right. >> what is it like to be inside of here?
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>> well, it brings back memories. >> memories taking years to get over. memories brought back to life watching a similar drama play out in alabama at its center a little boy named ethan. >> he needs a lot of love. he will need a lot of love and a lot of understanding. >> reporter: jody knows what 5-year-old ethan went through. one by one they were herded into a hole in the ground. 36 years ago jody and 26 others were kidnapped while on a school bus in california. they were forced into a moving van, that was buried. they were being held for ransom. after 16 hours managed to escape. ethan's story -- >> they have been holed up in an underground bunker -- >> reporter: brought it all back. >> their bus driver was shot. that's a traumatic thing. i didn't see anybody shot. in my dream, i did. i had a recurring nightmare for years. >> reporter: her heart goes out to bus driver charles poland, who was shot and killed as he
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helped all but ethan escape. >> he did it for those kids, though. he is a true hero. he saved all of those kids. >> reporter: the driver of her bus in 1976 edward ray a hulking but gentleman man kept the kids safe. he died last year at 91 years old. hundreds attended his funeral. >> if it wasn't for him, i don't know what any of us would have done. he was my hero, i know that. i loved him. >> reporter: two ordeals years and thousands of miles apart, two people traveling a similar road. now, this bus is certainly a piece of the history here, she thinks that that situation in alabama will be with that young boy ethan for the rest of his life and with that city and with that state. the one thing she says she wishes she had done is she had talked about it more. she urges ethan the parents and everybody to talk about this as
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much as possible. she feels she would have gotten through it better if they had been allowed to speak about it right after it happened. carol. >> miguel marquez reporting live from california. fascinating story. republicans, they have a new message with a focus on reconnecting with voters, house majority leader eric cantor of virginia is presenting that to a conservative think tank, just a few minutes ago, actually an hour ago, two hours ago, our correspondent dana bash talked with cantor. >> what i think is there is a lot of lessons to be learned from the last election. and you know, frankly there are a lot of moms and dads out there hurting. a lot of working people are having a struggle to get through the month. and many millions of americans are out of work. what we need to do is focus on how we make life work for those people again. >> this new republican agenda moves away from focusing on budget talks and slashing spending. it's going to focus on issues
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like education, health care and innovation. it's an effort to put the election in the past and turn the page with voters. a house hearing gets underway on capitol hill on immigration reform. the first hearing on immigration for the current chamber of commerce. last hour, i talked with the man who is chairing today's hearing. republican congressman trey gowdy of south carolina. he says his constituents are most concerned about border security. >> i represent a conservative district. and i broached this issue with them last week. would you be open to a path to legal status whether that be citizenship or something else, and i was shocked, meeting with the most conservative folks in my district. they said if you can secure the border, give us employment verification and guarantee we don't have to go through this conversation again we will be open to it. >> president obama meeting with two groups today about how immigration reform fits into his broader economic agenda. next hour he meets with labor
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leaders, union leaders at about 3:20. then a little later this afternoon he will meet with business leaders as well. baltimore ravens will proudly show off their super bowl trophy at their parade this morning not long after the team thought they lost it. the washington post reports they actually lost track of the lombardi trophy somewhere between the presentation and the team owner's party on sunday night. rest assured, the security person had the trophy all along, and it managed to get back on the team plane to baltimore. so they will have it during the big parade in the city today. a bigger super bowl mystery lingers why did the light go nought new orleans for 34 minutes? the new orleans city council called an emergency meeting of the council's utility committee for friday to try to get to the bottom of it. cnn's john zarrella reports on what we know and what we don't. >> reporter: the night the lights went out at the super bowl is a story about, well, a few things. what went right, everyone remaining calm. >> i never met so many people so
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hospitable. >> reporter: what happened, cbs video inside the stadium control room shows the superdome's uh oh moment. >> we lost lights. all right. we are going to manual override. >> reporter: then that head scratching still unanswered question, what went wrong? here's what we know, kind of. smg, the company that owns and operates the superdome, says the problem originated outside of the stadium. >> truth is the interruption in service didn't occur inside of the building. we could not receive the power from the entergy vault. the substation that supplies us. >> reporter: entergy the utility company tweeted sunday night service to the stadium had not been interrupted. a spokesman said later -- >> the system worked the way it was supposed to. >> reporter: in a statement to cnn monday, entergy cautioned until the investigation is complete, any statements on possible causes of the outage are just speculation.
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there was speculation that beyonce's power packed halftime show pulled too much power, smg says no. quote, the halftime show was running on 100% of generated power, which means it was not on our power grid at all. while we are still in the dark over what happened, pardon the pun, we do know this, the delay lasted 34 minutes, the lights came back on, and the baltimore ravens won. and a record 164 million people had more to talk about than just the final score. >> john zarrella is live in new orleans now. so any idea of when they hope to have the final answer as to why this thing happened? >> reporter: well, you know, carol, you mentioned at the top they are going to have this emergency meeting of the utilities commission of the city council. and at that meeting on friday, they are hoping to hear from both representatives of the superdome, smg and entergy, the
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utility company, and we talked to the chairwoman a little while ago of the city council. she was telling us she really hoped that they would have the answers to what happened by then. carol. >> all right. john zarrella, i am distracted. we just got word in about a u.s. skier, perhaps the greatest female skier in the entire world, she has been air lifted to a hospital after what is being described as a serious crash according to the u.s. ski and snow board association. the crash happened during the opening day of the super g event at the alpine ski world championships in austria. that is all we know. but lindsay von is spectacular. she won four world championships and won the gold medal in the 2010 olympics. our hearts go out to her, hopefully her injuries are not serious. when we get more information, we will pass it along. we will be right back.
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15 minutes past the hour. time to take a look at top stories. we have new information for you about the marine veteran accused of killing two other veterans in texas, one a former military sniper. police say eddie ray routh, the man you are looking at told them in september he was suffering post traumatic stress disorder and was hurting. his family didn't understand what he was going through. he was then placed in protective custody for mental evaluation.
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he is now in a texas jail facing murder charges. five baltimore firefighters recovering this morning, narrowly escaped injury battling a four alarm fire at a lumber company. the firefighters had just been ordered to evacuate when two floors of the building collapsed. no word on what started this fire. nasa says an asteroid is speeding toward earth at more than 17,000 miles per hour. but they say no need to worry. asteroid 2012, da 14, will not strike us on february 15th, it will skirt by the earth. but it will tug at our planet's gravitational field that will cause it to speed up more stargazers in eastern europe, asia, australia may catch a glimpse of the rocky mass when it goes by. but it's unlikely we will be able to see it in the united states. we are getting some encouraging news this morning in the fight against cancer, new data shows the racial gap for certain instances of the disease might be closing. senior medical correspondent
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elizabeth cohen joins me now. we are talking cancer rates among african-americans. >> right. cancer rates are going good, which is good. they seem to be going down a little bit faster for african-americans, especially african-american men. this is great news. so take a look at these numbers, when you look at the time period 2000 to 2009. african-american cancer death rates went down 2.4%. for white men they went down 1.7%. a small difference but a significant difference, it means we are headed in the right direction. >> so why are we seeing these declines? >> i talked to the author of the study. he said he thinks it's about smoking. that african men smoking rates went down at a faster rate than white male smoking rates during this time. again, smoking and cancer, there you go. >> but just to be clear, african-americans still get cancer at a higher rate that whites. >> that's true. if you are african-american you are more likely to die of cancer than if you are white.
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the numbers are really large. so for men, african-american men have 33% higher cancer death rates than white men. african-american women have 16% higher cancer death rates than white women. those are still huge differences. but since we are seeing the african-american rates go down so quickly, in the years to come, maybe those will even out. >> elizabeth cohen, thanks so much. for more on this story visit cnn health.com. we are working on this breaking news story about lindsey vonn, the great american female skier, apparently injured in a skiing accident in austria. john meyer is on the phone, a sports columnist from denver. he writes a weekly blog about lindsey vonn. john, do you know what happened? >> yes. mind you, i'm reporting to you from denver, all i know is what i've seen on the internet. by the way, i don't write the blog. i collaborate with her. it's her words. but in any event, the world
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championships are going on in austria right now. they are almost as big as the olympics for these racers, they only happen every two years, this was a major race for her. it was the first race of the world championships in super g. she crashed badly. now, i'm just looking going off a youtube video, i'm no doctor, it looked like one of her knees buckled after she landed a jump. and she crashed. and she was air lifted from the mountain. various ex-ski racers and such, current and former racers tweeted it didn't look good. that they are hoping she was okay. one report was that the finish area was very silent, because everybody could see it was a bad crash. now, i want to be clear, i'm not saying that she is mortally injured or anything. but it did look like at the very
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least she is going to have a bad knee injury. >> we were looking at a picture. that was her being air lifted to a hospital. that's the picture you are looking at right now. just the fact that she's being air lifted off the ski slopes to a hospital, what does that say to you, john? >> that is standard procedure, a lot of times, because these racers are on a mountain. and it's difficult to get them to an ambulance, it's standard procedure. for example, she was air lifted from the olympics course in 2006, after a bad downhill training accident. that one was just bumps and bruises no mental injuries. she raced a few days later. that is standard procedure in a case like this. but it would certainly appear there's a good chance her world championships are over, her season is over, and obviously that's a big deal, because this is a preolympic year.
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there will be olympics next year in russia. >> she is so unbelievably good. >> sorry? >> she's so unbelievably talented. >> yes. and the other point that needs made is this was a very, very difficult season for her. she won her fourth world cup overall title last year, just ran away with it, almost broke the world cup record for points in a season, was the most dominant racer on the women's world cup. this year she expected to have a season like that but she got food poisoning early in this season. she missed a couple weeks of training. she tried to come back, won a couple of races, but found that her strengths and her energy was totally depleted, because of this illness, they put her in the hospital for a couple days. she took three weeks off from the world cup to go back into
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training and get her strength back. she basically wrote off the possibility of winning the world cup overall this year because of the way she was racing and because of the races she missed, but was hoping to sort of save her season with a big performance at the world championships going on now, where she would have been figured as a favorite to win two or three medals, probably gold. >> john meyer, thanks so much. john meyer, who helps lindsey vonn write a blog about skiing. thank you for sharing that information. we appreciate it. we will be right back. all stations come over to mission a for a final go.
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. now is your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. the question for you this morning, should the boy scouts of america lift its ban on gays? the boy scout oath, on my honor i will do my best to do my duty to god and my country and to obey the scout law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. duty to god, morally straight. easy to understand, right? well, maybe it was back in 1910, when the boy scouts were founded. but i'm willing to bet duty to god and morally straight are more complicated in 2013. gay adults, gay children didn't dare reveal themselves a century, even a generation ago. they feared ridicule or worse. now the boy scouts of america is deciding whether to lift the ban on gay scout leaders and gay
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scouts. >> decades of being out of the closet, the boy scouts of america forced me back into the closet, with it's don't ask don't tell policy. i pose no harm to anyone. i passed all of their background checks. i go to church every sunday with my family. lord knows we are philanthropic, i just don't know what else they want from us. >> that former assistant scout master and others delivered what they say are 1.4 million signatures to the boy scouts of america urging it to lift the ban. despite the support it will be difficult. the boy scouts are backed by churches and other religious organizations, who fear gays, especially gay adults are not morally straight but dangerous and parents should be worried. >> they have a right to protection their children from being exposed to the topic prematurely. and they have a right to protect their children from the potential risk of child sexual
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abuse at the hands of men who might be attracted to other males. >> it is important to note according to the american psychological association, gays are not any more likely to molest kids than straight men. and like it or not, children are exposed to gay people every day. ever watch modern family or ellen? or here nfl players speak out for same sex marriage? the world is changing. the question now, will the boy scouts change with it? talkback question today, should the boy scouts of america lift its ban on gays? facebook.com/carol cnn, or tweet facebook.com/carol cnn, or tweet me @carol cnn. derm aveeno has an oat formula, now proven to build a moisture reserve, so skin can replenish itself. that's healthy skin for life. only from aveeno.
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liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? good morning i'm carol costello thank you for joining us, we have a bit more to tell you about on our breaking news of the morning about lindsey vonn, the best olympic skier, the best skier really in the world, we are learning she has been air lifted to a hospital after air serious crash, she was competing in world championships. there are no immediate details on her condition. but we do know she was air lifted to the hospital and german media is reporting she suffered a knee or a shin injury. cnn's correspondent is here to tell us any more information that you might have. >> we don't know too much at the moment. i have watched the video of the
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crash which hopefully we can bring to our viewers. it did not look good. she was competing in the world championships as you said. she landed awkwardly after a jump and almost immediately her ski came off and she went flying down the mountain. we know she was treated for about 12 minutes at the site before she was air lifted to the hospital. there is a lot of speculation she may have broken her leg or at the very least injured her leg. we saw quite a lot of other pictures, lindsay is not only a well respected skier but very popular. everybody likes her, she is great for the sport. it has to be said, this has been a ridiculously bad season for lindsey vonn. you may have reported earlier, that she had to take a few months off through illness. she hasrecently gotten divorced she admitted in an interview earlier this season she had been battling depression, and she is rumored to be dating tiger
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woods. though she denied that. there is a lot of headlines around lindsey vonn, this has not been a good season for her. this was a big race for her. she would have wanted to compete. but it was a difficult day for the skiers, they had to postpone the skiing because of thick fog on the mountain side. they were pretty close to getting to a point where they were going to call it off for the whole day. they obviously decided it was good enough to go. but maybe that may have played into some of this. when athletes are kept waiting a long time -- >> this happened in austria, right? >> yes. >> on a huge mountain. you said the fog set in. could you describe the course for us? >> it was the super g. i can tell you that was the race they were competing in, the super grand slalom. the pictures i saw were clear conditions at the time. i wouldn't say the conditions were bad. but clearly, when you have been kept waiting, and you think you can go, then you are not going, this is hard for an athlete. you just want to get going, you
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want to compete. i'm just speculating this may have been a factor. >> i can't overstate how important lindsey vonn is to the sport of skiing. i mean, she is an amazing talented skier. >> absolutely right. four world championships, she's been the overall champion four times. she's an olympic gold medalist. it doesn't hurt she is good looking. she's a pin up girl for the sport. everybody knows her. a lot of people are concerned right now. >> thanks, don. i know you will keep us updated. let's turn to politics. you know, approval ratings for congress are low, low, low. but for republicans, they are scary low, according to a cbs news poll, 73% of americans do not approve of the way congressional republicans are doing their jobs. so time to pivot. house majority leader will hold a press conference on massaging the republican message. cantor talked with cnn congressional correspondent dana bash two hours ago.
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>> what i think is there is a lot of lessons to be learned from the last election. and frankly, there are a lot of moms and dads out there hurting right now. a lot of working people are having a real struggle getting through the month. many millions of americans are out of work. and i think what we need to do is to focus on how we will make life work for those people again. >> okay. eric cantor massaging the message. let's talk about that with our contributors, maria cardona and our republican consultant. welcome to you both. >> good morning, carol. >> good to see you. >> alex, you can massage the message. but it's the same message. does it matter? >> actually, it's a very different approach. it's not just words. you know, republicans understand that they were the party of no. they were running against democrats, the party of more from government. actually government doesn't seem to be working well. 16 trillion in debt, education,
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health care, our financial shape as a country doesn't seem to be doing too well. when you don't have anything to offer competitively to say hey, we will go to a better place, you don't win elections. so i think republicans are remembering that moses didn't say let's go to the desert. he said let's go to the promised land. why are we here? it's to lead people to a better place. that's what you will see, i think. what is it that is going to take us to a better place. >> you say it's more than words. i heard him talking about working people. i didn't hear him say job creators. i didn't hear a solution. >> sure. you will hear a lot more of that today, beginning today forward. for example, cantor will talk about equal opportunity in education. instead of letting the child follow the money in this country, let the money follow our kids. there are two great parents in washington, michelle and barack obama, they chose the best school for their daughters. republicans think every parent should have that right doesn't matter what your last name is or
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where you came from, why shouldn't parents be able to choose the best school for their kids. that would transform our educational system. that's a new idea. but it's an idea that is consistent with who we are as republicans and what we believe. we had a ton of failure in education from the old top down political approach that the democrats advanced. let's try something different. >> maria, i want your perspective. we have to show chris christie on letterman. he's a new kind of republican. he can talk to the working person, and they believe him. one of the reasons that people embrace chris christie in new jersey is because he has a sense of humor. so let's take a look at him on letterman last night. >> i made jokes about you, not just one or two, not just ongoing here and there, intermittent. but --
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>> i didn't know this was going to be this long. >> maria, i'm not suggesting eric cantor eat a doughnut on national television. but a little levity would help instead of doom and gloom that you hear from republicans. >> yeah. i think that's right, carol. and so i think the point that the reason one of the reasons why chris christie connects is because he actually does talk about the reality of what is going on in this country with people's lives. i commend leader cantor for actually trying to change the message. but the problem is that they don't just need to change the talk. they need to change their walk. and they are doing it on immigration for example. they knew they couldn't continue the same outdated policies on immigration or they would continue to receive shellackings at the polls. alex just talked about this, and i think this is important, the majority of americans don't
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think that the government is the boogie man, is the bad guy. they might think the government is maybe too big, that there is too much spending, president obama will agree. but it's how do you make government work for the people. i did hear those words from leader cantor, the problem will be if they are going to talk that talk, they have to walk that walk. but it does seem to me something that they need to absolutely take a serious look at. >> alex, just a brief word about immigration. i just interviewed a conservative republican whose on that particular committee whose going to decide what the legislation should say. and he talked about border security. and it sounded a lot like the argument we heard preelection. >> i think one of the things republicans are learning is that our top down republican approach is no better than the democrats' top down approach. in other words, washington doesn't seem to have the answer on immigration. what you are seeing is look, the federal government's job is to
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enforce the border, protect the country. great. but if you are in a state, if you are in louisiana or mississippi, really you should decide how many workers you need, how many immigrants you want to come renewerish your economy. we are running low on people in the united states. we are not reproducing enough. but when states start to compete for talent, for labor, then businesses want to go to the states that offers them the most opportunity, and all of a sudden you value immigration, that's the bottom up approach that i think you will see republicans support, while democrats, i think, and unfortunately i think too many republicans are still stuck on the old top down approach. so there's some change coming on immigration that's going to value immigrants again. and what they can contribute to the economy. >> carol, just quickly, if i could just say to alex, that the democrats approach and the president's approach and the reason he won, it wasn't a top down or a bottom up, it was middle class out. that's why the majority of
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americans think that the democrats and this president understand the middle class. hopefully leader cantor will help republicans follow that path. >> alex and maria, thanks so much. i have to go. thank you so much. trekies, you are awaiting the new movie, your wait won't be as long. a.j. hammer has the scoop. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progressive's claims service.
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. it's a busy morning, buckle your seatbelts, guess what? the dow is now over 14,000. just by a little bit. it goes back and forth. it was down a couple hundred points, then it went back up. who can explain it? alison kosik will later. but thought you should know -- she's ready. alison, it's like magic, you are here. >> reporter: poof. see, you ask and you shall
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receive. yes. so we are on that dow 14,000 watch, because you remember the dow hit 14,000 on friday, and then we saw that sell off on monday. we are seeing a nice rebound for stocks in the first few hours of the trading day. dow has been hitting the 14,000 mark. it has been pulling back a bit, it is doing that flirting thing. a couple things are moving the markets, della greed to go private. that's giving some oomph to the market. also we got an economic report on service sector activity in january, that met expectations, earnings are back in focus. there's a little more for investors to sort of guide them on their way back to 14,000, carol. >> alison kosik, thanks. we will take a quick break, we'll be back with much more. stick around. jenna shared her recipe with sharon,
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complex knee injury. and her injuries are not life threatening. but that complex knee injury that doesn't bode well for the rest of lindsey vonn's season, it probably means she won't make it into the olympics, that is why she was competing in the world championships today. hospital officials will hold a news conference in about ten minutes of course when that happens, we'll bring any new information we can. on to other news, on to entertainment. a new twist on an old sci-fi favorite. >> it's five year mission to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new li and new civilizations. to boldly go where no man has gone before. >> if you are ready to go where no one has gone before, a new app will allow star trek fans who are excited for the upcoming movie, the new movie, well, if you have this app, you can get a sneak peek show biz tonight host a.j. hammer has all of the details. i want that app right now.
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>> i'm going to tell you what you get out of this, this is a great promotional stunt which builds off of the super bowl ad. trekkies rejoice when the ad for star trek into darkness hit the air. this was a little bit of what the ad looked like. let's roll that. >> shall we begin? >> so at the end of the spot they broke the news if you down load the star trek movie app, you can be among the first people to see the film. because if you have the app, carol, you have the chance to unlock movie tickets for a show two days ahead of the film scheduled release. plus get an extended look at the commercial we just saw. and you will get to attend star trek academy. may not be for everybody. but what a great marketing tie-in, to you i say live long
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and prosper. >> i wanted that inception horn sound to be my ring tone. wodn't that be great? >> i think that's great. >> that sounds fun. a.j. hammer, thanks for the latest entertainment headlines watch a.j. tonight on hln. 50 minutes past the hour, time to check top stories. president obama pushing immigration reform today, he'll meet with leaders of labor unions and progressive groups like the naacp, separately he will meet in the afternoon with a dozen business leaders, including those from goldman sachs, yahoo and coca-cola. king richard iii's newly discovered skull has been used to recreate or actually create this 3-d model of his face. and this comparison image you can see the bust on the right it's pretty darn similar to richard's painted portrait on the left. isn't that strange how that happened. dna tests confirm human remains found under a parking lot in britain are those of the king.
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officials at the boy scouts of america headquarters in dallas, texas have a lot of reading today. a group of scouts and leaders delivered more -- delivered 1.4 million signatures on lots and lots of petitions, they are hoping the organization will vote this week, actually wednesday, to end the national policy banning gays. that's our talkback question today should the boy scouts of america lift its ban on gays. facebook.com/carol cnn. it's been a heated conversation. your responses next. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release.
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all right. this is baltimore, maryland, downtown baltimore, and all of these people are awaiting this big parade that is supposed to start any minute honoring the super bowl champion baltimore ravens, the only problem is the ravens have been caught in traffic. they will be late. so they have to wait a little tiny bit longer.
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makes sense, because there was a new poll out today saying the warrants area was the most congested in the nation. so very very soon joe flacco and ray lewis will be in those convertibles riding down the street. that brings us to our last segment of the day our talkback question, the question today, should the boy scouts of america lift its ban on gays? this from keith, are blacks banned? anyone gay or straight who only sees themselves defined by the sex they have is an idiot. it's time for all religious and private institutions to accept all people. this from mark, being black or hispanic has absolutely nothing to do with being gay. the right to be treated as a human being does not compare to being able to sleep with the same sex. i love how narrow minded people can't understand the difference between civil rights and gay rights. this from wan da, what if the straight scout leader was a swinger or has a porn collection, all morally
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unacceptable to some. alissa says as a straight woman i'm definitely not attracted to every man i meet, i don't understand why that is difficult to grasp. also, gay people are not dangerous people. they are just people. they just see true love in a different way. gay is not a disease. it's not contagious. please keep the conversation going, fate book.com/carol cnn and thanks, as always, for your comments. thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello, cnn newsroom with ashleigh banfield after a break. all stations come over to mission a for a final go.
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